Some LA prop masters may be able to take credit for Ryan Gosling’s consistently excellent choices in vintage wristwear – and you’re welcome to correct us if you know, or are one of them – but for now, we’re going to put forward the idea that he has something to do with choosing them himself. Because, once again, the Gos has gone and ended up with the perfect watch for his lead character in the feted new romantic musical La La Land. Not only the perfect watch, it must be said. His vintage threads throughout provide a schooling in how to dress to your timepiece. CNN reports that Costume Director Mary Zophres chose clothing on the basis that it “had to compliment and enhance the locations and story and even the emotional tone of the characters. “When it came time to dress Gosling, Zophres said she, Chazelle and the actor agreed that jazz musician Sebastian (Gosling’s character) was a guy whose appreciation for the classics would be reflected in his fashion choices. “I think his character has such a respect for the past and past musicians, my proposal for Damien was, ‘I don’t think he should ever be in…
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Editor’s Note: And the top story of 2016 is…*drumroll*… Fakewatchbusta’s guest post on whether it’s ever acceptable to wear a knock-off timepiece. This story, written by the Batman of watch busting was ‘Yuuuge’, to borrow from the lexicon of President-elect Trump. It’s full of drama, sass and humour. Kind of like Downton Abbey. Fun fact: it’s inspired – like so many of the best things in life – by Robert Downey Jr. I am the person behind the @fakewatchbusta account on Instagram and I was kind of shocked when I got the assignment of writing on this topic. It’s like asking Superman if it’s OK to bring kryptonite to the party. Anyways, I’ll approach this as seriously as I can…. ARGUMENT #1 – “I wear fake watches when I travel in case I get robbed” In the words of penny stockbroker Timothy Sykes: “Rich people wear fakes as backups, especially in third world countries… but poor people don’t get that.” The argument here is that he might get robbed? Do you think a potential robber will study the font alignment and hand stack of your Rolex GMT-Master II to check if it’s genuine before he robs you? A proper insurance policy trumps this argument anyway.…
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As the end of 2016 fast approaches, it’s time for one of HODINKEE’s most time-honored traditions: The Watch I Wore Most. We’ve already told you which watches we liked best at SIHH and which sub-$5,000 watches you should spring for, not to mention the dozens of A Week On The Wrist and The Value Proposition stories we’ve brought you over the year. So now it’s time for us to tell you what watches actually got the most HODINKEE wrist time. Some of the answers might be surprising, and most most certainly are not, but each tells you something about the wearer and why these little mechanical objects continue to be so much fun for us every day. Enjoy.
Here we present the first part in a three-part series about the making of Derek Pratt’s H4 reconstruction. This part was written by Roger Stevenson, chief watchmaker at Frodsham. This article was first published in the British Horological Journal (BHJ) in February 2015 and we thank them for permission to republish it on Quill & Pad.
Sometimes you see a story and you instantly know that you and the people who put it together have something deeply rooted in common. This is one of those stories. Singapore-based designer Larry Peh and Su Jia Xian (of Watches By SJX fame) collaborated on an in-depth study of A. Lange & Söhne’s use of typefaces and how the company’s unique branding might have come into being. It’s nerdy, it’s beautiful, and it’s just my kind of thing.
TAG Heuer’s headquarters during Art Basel Miami 2016 was the Mondrian Hotel, where the company announced its new partnership with graffiti artist Alec Monopoly. The artist painted a huge mural on the side of the hotel, exhibited several works in the TAG Heuer lounge, and unveiled a new painting – a portrait of brand president Jean-Claude Biver.
By Roberta Naas
Watch brands garner their inspiration from everywhere, but for women’s watches, one of them most important influences comes from the of haute couture and fashion. Top designers of the world unveil sumptuous and intriguing fashions decade after decade, with stunning looks walking the runway every season. Thus, it makes sense that top luxury designer watch brands follow suit. Dior is one brand that regularly offers incredible timepieces and today we bring you a look at five fabulous Dior watches that are perfect for ringing in the New Year.
The headlines for vintage watch collectors are still dominated by two names: Patek Philippe and Rolex. Each has its pleasures, perils, and pitfalls, and thanks to the numbers of watches involved, as well as the general absence of hard evidence in many instances, vintage Rolex collecting continues to be a realm where speculation (in both senses of the word) dominates a lot of the conversation. More than ever, and especially with high value (or potentially high value) vintage Rolexes, you just can’t be too careful – and here are four stories from this year that show why.
Seiko’s Presage collection was initially mainly limited to the Japanese domestic market until its announcement in Baselworld 2016 where it launched the Presage line globally. The Presage collection hovers between the mid-range Seiko 5’s and the more coveted Grand Seiko watches, this collection boasts of having its timepieces made entirely in…
“A Carcass” (a must-read; here) is without doubt Charles Baudelaire’s most infamous poem, exploring the idea that beauty can be found in even the most morbid scenes. Like Baudelaire’s “Flowers of Evil“, skull watches attempt to extract beauty from horror. These magnificent mechanical works of art emblazoned with the face of death are at once both shocking and engaging. They also serve an important purpose, an allusion to which we can find in one of the last stanzas of the poem